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Victims of Crime

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According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), 3.3 million U.S. residents age 12 or older were victims of violent crime in 2018. U.S. households also experienced an estimated 13.5 million property victimizations, which include burglaries, residential trespassing, motor-vehicle thefts, and other thefts (Source:  Bureau of Justice Statistics, Criminal Victimization, 2018, September 2019).

OJP’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is committed to enhancing the Nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime.

Funding Opportunities

Visit the following sites to learn about victim-related funding opportunities from OJP bureaus and other federal sources:

See the OJP Current Funding Opportunities page to learn more about opportunities and to access archived solicitations.


Also see the Victims & Victimization page on the CrimeSolutions website for ratings of related programs and practices.

Training and Technical Assistance

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) defines dating violence as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic of intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:

  • The length of the relationship
  • The type of relationship
  • The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

For additional information, visit the Intimate Partner Violence section of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) website.

For information specifically about teen dating violence, see our Teen Dating Violence Special Feature.

Missing and exploited children statistics are available in resources from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and others. Visit the Statistics section of our Missing Children Special Feature for access to these resources.

For additional information, visit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website.

Child sexual abuse statistics are available in the Department of Health and Human Services' annual report, Child Maltreatment. For additional information and topical resources, visit the Child Abuse Special Feature section of our website.